A soaring, spiritual South African night: Soweto Gospel Choir is feast for the senses

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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2014 12:00 am

All the peace and joy that Nelson Mandela wished for South Africa — and the world — poured out in waves Thursday night from the voices and bodies of the Soweto Gospel Choir.

The aural and visual impressions inside the Holland Performing Arts Center almost defy summary. Soaring soloists. Claps and stomps. Swirling costumes of almost every imaginable color. The pulsing rhythm of the djembe, occasionally joined by a Western rhythm section. And, always, the relentlessly gorgeous harmonies that rejected the darkness of minor keys.

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